A Man Without a Country
Keyse Jama, a legal resident of the United States, participated in a bar fight. A Minnesota judge sentenced Jama to a year in jail, but he spent six years behind bars. Yesterday, an appellate court finally set him free.
Jama's conviction led to a deportation order, and Jama remained incarcerated during his appeal. This January, the Supreme Court (5-4) rejected his claim that he shouldn't be deported to Somalia, a country with no functioning government that could not agree to accept him in advance of the deportation. In April, Jama was flown to Somalia, but Somalia wouldn't take him.
The necessary remedy when no government will lay claim to a man without a country is freedom. Jama richly deserves to get his back.
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